【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】 第二支供养 The Second Branch of Worship, Offering

【修持轨理】

第二支供养

【供养支中,有上供者,】
供养分两个: 一个有上的,一个叫无上的。有上的,就是我们普通的。
【「以诸最胜」等两颂。】
那颂文是「以诸最胜妙华鬘,伎乐涂香及伞盖,如是最胜庄严具,我以供养诸如来。」就是这个。那么这个两颂,什么?以最胜的妙华,最胜的香。
【最胜华者,谓人天等处,所有众多希有散华,鬘谓配贯种种妙华。】
「华」就是散的一朵一朵花,「鬘」,就是把那个花连串起来的。
【此二种中,皆有一切或实或假。】
什么是实?实在的。什么是假?那是观想的。
【伎乐者,谓诸乐具,若弦若吹,若打若击。】
「弦」,就是弦乐器,弦乐器。「吹」的话,就是管乐器,铜管乐器等等、木管乐器,都在这里,箫呀、笛呀、喇叭呀那是吹的;弦乐器那就是钢琴啊,那么小提琴,这是弦乐器,那么像我们这胡琴啊什么等等

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日常师父法语 23A 19’26”手抄稿第三册 P227L8

23A 19’26” Vol 3 of  Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P227L8
English Lamrim Volume 1, P95

【The Meditation Session】
Preparation (5) – The second branch is offering.

【With respect to the second branch of worship, offerings, there are both surpassable and unsurpassable offerings. The former,】

There are two kinds of offerings, one is surpassable, and the other, unsurpassable. Surpassable ones are our ordinary kinds of offerings.

【is expressed by the next two verses:
I offer to the conquerors
Exquisite flowers, the best garlands, etc】

The verses are "I offer to the conquerors exquisite flowers, the best garlands, musical instruments, ointments, excellent umbrellas, superior lamps, and choice incenses. I make offerings to the conquerors with the best garments, superior perfumes, fragrant powders piled as high as Mount Meru-all in the most excellent arrangements." This is it. So what do these two verses mean? It is to use the most excellent, exquisite flowers and fragrance.

【"Exquisite flowers" are wonderful, loose flowers such as those of the human and divine regions. "Garlands" are various flowers that are alternately strung together. 】

"Flowers" means loose flowers, one by one. Then "garlands" would mean flowers which are strung together.

【Both of these terms include all types of real and imagined flowers. 】
What is real? It is real [physically in the present]. What is imagined? That is what you visualize.

【"Musical instruments" are stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. 】

"Stringed" means stringed instruments, stringed instruments. The "wind" would be wind instruments such as brass-wind instruments, or woodwind instruments. These all belong to this group, including flute, and trumpet are all wind instruments. String instruments would include piano and violin, and also Chinese Fiddle (two-string instrument) and so on.